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Pomona College Panel Discussion: "Human Rights in the 21st Century"

The Pomona Student Union at Pomona College will present an expert panel discussion of "Human Rights in the 21st Century," on Tuesday, February 17 at 8 p.m. This dialogue will primarily address the role of world institutions, NGOs and governments in response to humanitarian crises and human rights abuses across the globe.

Panelists include Mark Hanis, director of the Genocide Intervention Network; David Kaye, head of the UCLA Human Rights Law Program, and Jeanette Ndhlovu, South African general counsel in Los Angeles. The panelists will examine questions such as these in conversation with one another: How should a watching world react to egregious injustices taking place in countries such as Sudan, Congo and Burma? Is a response warranted? If so, in what circumstances, to what extent and by whom? If any, what are the obligations of nations, international institutions, NGOs and individuals? What is the impact of globalization upon human rights advocacy?

The Pomona Student Union was founded by students in 2003 to inspire open dialogue on campus through a series of challenging and intellectually diverse debates and events. Future PSU events for the spring semester include a debate on "Privacy, Wiretapping and the Patriot Act" on March 5; a debate on microfinance on March 30, and guest speaker Reza Aslan, best-selling author of No god but God, on April 14.

This event is open to the public and will be held in the Edmunds Ballroom at Pomona College (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information, call (909) 621-8514 or visit

Pomona College is one of the nation's premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.